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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Widlake Hawkins (1913-1995)


Born at Dauphin on 26 March 1913, son of Robert Hawkins and Mary Amelia Widlake, he graduated from Wesley College in 1934 (Arts) and the Manitoba Law School (1938). He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1939 and found employment in the Attorney-General’s Department where he worked closely with former legislative counsel Wilson E. McLean on the 1940 revision of Manitoba Statutes. He started a private law practice at Dauphin in 1940. He was appointed a King’s Counsel in 1951. He worked until retirement in 1985.

He served as President of the Dauphin Bar Association (1963-1967), a member of the Executive Council of the Manitoba Bar Association, and a member of the Board (1950-1956) and Chairman (1956-1984) for the Dauphin General Hospital. He served two terms as President of the Manitoba Hospital Association and was a member of the Health Sciences Centre’s Medical Appointment Review Committee (1975-1979). In 1981, he received the Judge J. M. George Memorial Award in recognition of his service to providers and recipients of health care in Manitoba.

He died at Dauphin on 24 July 1995.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“8 Manitoba men honored as K.C.s,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 January 1951. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 167]

“Eight Manitoba King’s Counsel announced in New Year’s list,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1951, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 July 1995, page 15.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 June 2019

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